Climate Change

When Blondie's Diner closes around 9 p.m. and a table of hunters finish their green chili cheeseburgers and head back to their hotel, the town of Naturita feels a bit like a ghost town.

There are two new marijuana dispensaries still open late with green neon signs, but on a November night at the start of hunting season, not many customers are partaking.

The only sound punctuating through the cold evening is a semi-truck idling in the parking lot of the Rimrocker Hotel, its driver trying to stay warm.

It's a good day when Tammie Delaney hears a train rumbling down the tracks outside of the century-old granary building she owns in Hayden.

"Oh, you get the train noise today!" she shouts as a train whistle pierces the usual silence in the small town of about 2,000 people.

The train whistles are an indicator of the economy in the Yampa Valley.

Every time thick, dark rain clouds move over the deserts that surround Las Vegas, there's an anticipatory buzz. Flora and fauna alike begin preparing for the rare event, lying in wait for the first few drops.

Todd Esque is usually waiting for them too from his office in Henderson, Nevada. He knows how much desert life depends on their arrival. So when they do come, he's smiling.

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  A new study by media and analysis firm Corporate Knights reveals that Colorado's Public Employee Retirement Association (PERA) lost over 1.7 billion in retirement savings since 2009 by continuing to invest in fossil fuels. Climate activists hope the new data could convince PERA's Board of Trustees to take divestment action.

Students from Aspen to New Castle gathered at Third Street Center for the Third Annual Healthy Rivers Youth Water Summit. KDNKs Amy Hadden Marsh and Lucas Turner were at the event, and have the details.

Today was the third annual Healthy Rivers Youth Water Summit. Students from six local schools met at Third Street Center in Carbondale to share presentations on topics like Health of the Roaring Fork River, Impacts of Snowmaking, Hydro Power, Grey-Water Use and more. Sarah Johnson is the director of the Youth Water Leadership Program, the group that organizes the event. She spoke about what makes this year’s summit stand out.

Calla Rose Ostrander

Climate Change Innovations Advisor Calla Rose Ostrander returns on The Inner Game, this time in-person, to discuss wise leadership and carbon sequestration. Listen to part 1 here.

Pueblos Contra el Terricidio

In early February, Mujeres Indígenas por el Buen Vivir hosts a climate camp at Mapuche Lof Pillañ Mahuiza in Argentina. KDNK's Raleigh Burleigh interprets an interview with Weychafe Moira Millán from 2019 to set the context for this upcoming, international gathering of indigenous peoples in defense of life on Earth.

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Climate change can elicit strong emotions like anger, fear, and grief. And, Aspen therapist Emily Supino wants to help. She’s offering free group sessions open to anyone, beginning next week. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Supino to get the details. 

Calla Rose Ostrander

Calla Rose Ostrander is a Climate Change Innovations Advisor to individuals and organizations dedicated to stabilizing Earth’s climate. For the past 3 years she has directed the Carbon Project to scale up a massive innovation in compost application to regenerate soil with carbon from the atmosphere. Hear how her Waldorf education has given her a unique approach as a leader.

Trees, Water & People

Trees, Water & People is an international, Colorado-based nonprofit that has been addressing the roots of migration with climate vulnerable communities for 21 years. Executive Director Sebastian Africano and Vice President of the Board of Directors Jon Becker stopped by KDNK ahead of their presentation at Rocky Mountain Institute on November 1st at 5pm to share about the organization's projects.

Climate change has been called the new normal. But residents in some parts of the Southwest say after living through the last two years, there’s nothing normal about it. 

Communities in the Four Corners -- where the borders of Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and Arizona meet -- have been bouncing between desperately dry and record-breaking moisture since the winter of 2017, forcing people dependent on the reliability and predictability of water to adapt.

Valley Voices: Carbondale Climate Rally

Sep 26, 2019
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Today's show features student speeches and comments from those who attended Carbondale's Climate Rally. What have you noticed about climate change?

Ross Montessori Students Reflect on Climate Change

Sep 24, 2019
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Over 100 people gathered in Sopris Park Friday for the Climate Strike, organized by 350 Roaring Fork. The event coordinated with other strikes around the world. Speakers included Carbondale Mayor Dan Richardson, Dr. Greg Feinsinger, Arn Menconi, and local youth. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with students from Ross Montessori after the event.

A strike for Climate Action at Sopris Park tomorrow will feature speeches from students, local government officials, climate activists and more. The event is one of more than 800 actions across the country, ahead of next week’s UN Climate Summit in New York. Fred Malo, a volunteer for 350 Roaring Fork, is the primary organizer of the event.

Visionary Aerials

Anders Carlson and Maiah Saucedo of Visionary Aerials joined Raleigh Burleigh to share about their coverage of Climate Week in New York City.

Roaring Stories

In early June, six local storytellers took the stage at Carbondale's Rock Bottom Ranch for the second annual Roaring Stories, presented by the Community Office for Resource Efficiency, Writ Large, ACES, and KDNK. The stories they told reflect their thoughts on climate change and when it became real for each of them. This week on Express Yourself, we hear from Annie Worley. Local performing artist Alya Howe is the MC.

Valley Voices: Andy Mueller on the Grand Bargain

Sep 12, 2019
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Water officials across the West are talking about a Grand Bargain that would change the 1922 Colorado River Compact. For this week's Valley Voices, host Amy Hadden Marsh talks with Andy Mueller, director of the Colorado River Water Conservation District, to find out more about the deal.

Roaring Stories

In early June, six local storytellers took the stage at Rock Bottom Ranch for the second annual Roaring Stories, presented by the Community Office for Resource Efficiency, Writ Large, ACES, and KDNK. The stories they told reflect their thoughts on climate change and when it became real for each of them. This week on Express Yourself, we hear from Beatriz Soto. Local performing artist Alya Howe is the MC.

Lucas Turner

Andrew Romanoff, democratic candidate for US Senate in 2020, joined a group of citizens wednesday evening at Bonfire Coffee to talk policy priorities and politics. Primary topics included climate change, gun reform, and mental health. KDNK's Lucas Turner joined the crowd to learn more about this candidate.


Oil & gas-dependent economies could take a hit in the future as investors grow tired of losing money on fracking operations. KDNK News Director Lucas Turner interviews Justin Mikulka, a writer for DesmogBlog about overspending, investor woes, and a shortage of tier-one acreage.

News Brief: Study Shows Contrails Add to Global Warming

Jul 12, 2019
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Contrails from jets are a growing contributor to global warming. For this week’s News Brief, KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with freelance environmental reporter Bob Berwyn about his recent piece for Inside Climate News, featuring a new study on contrails.

Gwen Garcelon

On this month's show, Gwen offers her presentation "Embracing Collapse," that was recorded on May 29, 2019. The focus is to look at the predicament we are in on the planet from a wholehearted perspective -acknowledging the fear and grief while also choosing to accept the vast power, and empowerment, available to us. Gwen draws from insights gained as an activist and lobbyist on hunger and poverty issues, her spiritual practice and work supporting business and nonprofit leaders.

It's late May in Wyoming. It snowed last night, and more snow is predicted. That's why it's good that Big Piney Rancher Chad Espenscheid is behind the wheel of the truck. The roads are sloppy and Middle Piney Creek is running high.

Former Gov. John Hickenlooper is condemning socialism and making headlines for picking a fight on the issue with Bernie Sanders.

Sen. Michael Bennet is touting his plan to "clean up corruption and restore our democracy."

But both of Colorado's presidential candidates are still polling below 1% in some national polls ahead of Thursday's big Democratic primary debate in Miami.

Rev Lennox Yearwood Jr.

Here’s your community calendar for Thursday, June 20th, underwritten by Sopris Liquor and Wine, offering Cerveza Sopris Mexican Lager in partnership with Roaring Fork Beer Company. For a list of today's events like Hip Hop Caucus leader, The Reverend Lennox Yearwood Jr. discussing climate change as a civil rights issue follow the headline...

 

Becky Lomax

Becky Lomax, author of USA National Parks - The Complete Guide to All 59 Parks, speaks to KDNK station manager Gavin Dahl by cell phone from a meadow with an incredible view of Yosemite Falls (see photo). She touts some of her favorite underrated destinations, talks about wildlife and the significance of Dark Skies designation, and explains how Glacier National Park near her home is impacted by climate change. 

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Dan Rosenthal joined Raleigh Burleigh on Express Yourself to share about the ski and music trip he took with Pam, visiting all 38 IKON resorts in North America while performing music to promote climate action and sustainable living.

A bill that Democratic lawmakers say is needed to fight climate change has cleared its first hurdle at the state Capitol.

House Bill 1261 would set a goal for Colorado to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent before 2030.

It would also give a state board the authority to approve new regulations that would help the state reach that goal.

Wilderness Workshop

Today's community calendar for Wednesday,March 6th is underwritten by Sopris Liquor and Wine on the corner of 133 and Main in Carbondale. For a list of today's events like Naturalist Nights at The Third Street Center, featuring How Changing Climate is Affecting Wildflowers and Pollinators in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, follow the headline...

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